nutritional information

Per 1/2-cup serving:

  • Calories: 200
  • Protein: 8 g
  • Total Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 35 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 31 mg
  • Fiber: 7 g
  • Sugar: 4 g

Overnight Chai Steel-Cut Oats

Serves 4

Ayurvedic lifestyle counselor Aisha Bahrami created this delicious no-cook oatmeal by accident: “I put all my ingredients into a pot for breakfast, got a phone call, and totally forgot about it,” she says.
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1 cup hemp milk or non-dairy milk of your choice
  • 2 Tbs. chia seeds
  • ¼ tsp. ground cardamom
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. ground ginger or 1 Tbs. crystallized ginger
  • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 1 Tbs. maple syrup, optional
  • 1 Tbs. shredded coconut, optional
  • 1 Tbs. chopped pistachios, optional

1. Combine oats, hemp milk, chia seeds, cardamom, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper, and maple syrup (if using) in glass jar with lid. Stir, close lid, and refrigerate overnight.

2. Open lid, stir, and sprinkle with coconut and pistachios, if using.

January/February 2012 p.10

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If you like chai flavored gravel, this recipe is for you! I should have trusted my gut that this wasn't anywhere near enough liquid. The oats had not softened at all. I wound up adding about 2 more cups of almond/cashew milk and more chai spices to account for the dilution of flavors since there was extra liquid and cooked this for at least 15 minutes and let it sit. THEN it was pretty good. My husband was late for work because we had to do a plan B breakfast. Doesn't Vegetarian Times TEST recipes before printing them??? I read this recipe in Vegetarian Times 2015 Easy & Delicious Fall Recipes. When I found that it was inedible this morning, I googled the recipe to see if I made an error or if something about cooking it was inadvertently left out or if the liquid amount was misprinted in the magazine I just got. I am annoyed to see that this is an old recipe that Vegetarian Times just recycled, and again, judging from other comment here, failed to test properly.

Jane - 2015-12-04 14:10:05

This is the only oatmeal I'll eat. Great flavor and a pleasantly chewy consistency. I've never been a fan of the mushy quality of cooked oats. But if that's what you're looking for then by all means add extra liquid as others suggest. As for me ... I'll make this recipe just as it is.

SeaSpud - 2015-08-29 05:55:55

One cup of milk is not nearly enough--the oats were still really chewy in the morning. If I ever make this again I'll probably add more spices too--it was fairly bland.

sarahem - 2015-06-04 15:19:53

This has been one of my favorite recipes for years!!! I add nearly double the liquid, otherwise the oats remain too chewy for my taste.

diana @ veggienextdoor - 2015-05-07 01:00:53

the steel cut oats should be boiled for 3-5 minutes before mixing everything from what Ive read in other recipes similar to this. I just tested mine out this morning and it definitely needs to be heated because I skipped boiling them in the beginning like the other recipes directions.

Sarah - 2015-03-22 14:10:31

I humbly submit my "invention" for Instant Cardamom Chai Oatmeal (with no chance of food poisoning!). First, you need a big bowl and some boiling hot water. Put the kettle on (hurry hurry, you'll be late for work!) and place your bowl on the counter. Then add (1) single serving packet of Instant Cardamom-flavored Chai (powder) - found at an Indian grocery store or online/Amazon - into the bowl. Next add one part oat bran (1/3-1/2 cup depending on your appetite), one part instant oats, one part muesli - into the bowl. Pour (about a cup of) hot water into the bowl until you reach your desired consistency (not too thick, not too watery, juuuuust right!) Stir and wait for the magic of instant deliciousness to happen right before your eyes. Chefs notes: I've never bothered measuring this out, just eyeball it, trust your third eye. If you make too much, put the rest in a thermos, add some more hot water, and take to work. If anyone asks, tell them it's Chennai Champurrado.

Chai wallah Aram - 2015-03-05 00:26:01

In the morning, the oats still had a chalky, raw taste. I ended up microwaving the mixture to minimize that. The cardamom flavor was also too pronounced. To summarize using a Patton Oswald quote: a failure pile in a bowl of sadness.

Kay - 2015-02-19 01:43:15

I agree, the milk measurement is completely off. I did use quick cook steel cut oats and it was nowhere near enough liquid for oats and Chia seeds.

Joy - 2015-02-18 12:41:08

I think Ms Bahrami must have been using a quick cook variety of steel cut oats. Needed more than double the liquid when I tried it and also needed to cook for a bit in the morning.

Janet - 2015-02-13 00:15:37

I made this but DEFINITELY needs to either a) have more liquid, probably double, b) cook the oatmeal slightly first, or c) both.

Melissa - 2015-01-12 16:49:07

I think it's hilarious that some random lady Aisha Bahrami thinks she created overnight oats. My mom was putting granola (oats) soaked in milk in the fridge since I was a little girl. I grew up eating this. Cracks me up when people act like they are the first person to think of something. Granted the recipe is a little different but Aisha Bahrami needs to quit trying to take credit for an age old recipe!

MM - 2015-01-07 17:32:32

Ridiculously good.

Karen - 2015-01-06 03:05:24

You need to double the milk.

allie - 2014-12-29 02:33:10

this was disgusting i had diarrhea for almost a week because of this i am definitely not making this again thtas for sure!!!! :(

lilyana - 2014-12-12 11:49:16

definitely not enough liquid. i had to divide mine into four containers and add about another cup of water. i also added a chopped apple and it was perfect after heating in the microwave for about 1 1/2 minutes

Dawn - 2014-10-22 12:15:13